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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 10. Finance and Financial Institutions
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission
Chapter 161. Mortgage Loan Originators
2/22/2019

10VAC5-161-45. Financial Responsibility, Character, and General Fitness.

A. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, an applicant shall be found to have the financial responsibility required by § 6.2-1706 of the Code of Virginia.

1. An applicant shall not be found to have the financial responsibility required by § 6.2-1706 if the commission finds that the applicant has one or more of the following:

a. One or more outstanding judgments or collection accounts that in the aggregate exceed $2,000;

b. One or more outstanding tax liens or other governmental liens that in the aggregate exceed $1,000;

c. One or more delinquent accounts, including any charged-off accounts but excluding any items in subdivision 1 a or b of this subsection, that in the aggregate exceed $3,000;

d. One or more foreclosures within the past seven years; or

e. Such other debts as the commission deems relevant.

2. Notwithstanding subdivision 1 of this subsection, an applicant shall be found to have the financial responsibility required by § 6.2-1706 if the commission determines that (i) the applicant has demonstrated good faith efforts to satisfy all of the outstanding debts enumerated in subdivision 1 of this subsection and (ii) one or more of the following substantially impeded the applicant's ability to satisfy his outstanding debts:

a. Loss of income;

b. Divorce;

c. Medical expenses;

d. Natural disaster; or

e. Such other unanticipated events or circumstances that the commission deems relevant.

B. An applicant shall be found to have the character and general fitness required by § 6.2-1706 of the Code of Virginia unless one or more of the following are applicable:

1. The applicant has been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to, a crime involving: (i) financial services or a financial services-related business, (ii) fraud, (iii) a false statement or omission, (iv) felony theft or wrongful taking of property, (v) bribery, (vi) perjury, (vii) forgery, (viii) counterfeiting, (ix) extortion, (x) breach of trust, (xi) money laundering, or (xii) dishonesty. However, in evaluating any of these crimes, the commission may take into account, among other things, the length of time elapsed since the offense was committed, the age of the applicant at the time of the offense, and the nature of the offense.

2. The commission finds that (i) the applicant made a material misrepresentation or omission in either his license application or any other information furnished by the applicant in conjunction with such license application or (ii) a third party made a material misrepresentation or omission in support of the applicant's request for a mortgage loan originator license and the applicant failed to promptly notify the bureau after becoming aware of the misrepresentation or omission. However, in evaluating a misrepresentation or omission, the commission may take into account, among other things, any explanation given for the misrepresentation or omission. For purposes of this subdivision, a misrepresentation or omission shall be considered material if the commission would consider the stated or omitted information to be important in the investigation of an applicant's request for a mortgage loan originator license.

3. The commission possesses other information that demonstrates that the applicant lacks the character or general fitness required by § 6.2-1706 of the Code of Virginia.

C. Pursuant to § 6.2-1716 of the Code of Virginia, the commission may suspend or revoke any license issued under Chapter 17 at any time following the issuance of such license if the commission finds, based on the criteria set forth in this section, that a licensee no longer possesses the financial responsibility, character, or general fitness to warrant belief that such person will act as a mortgage loan originator efficiently and fairly, in the public interest, and in accordance with law.

Statutory Authority

§§ 6.2-1720 and 12.1-13 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 28, Issue 26, eff. August 15, 2012; Errata, 28:25 VA.R. 2076 August 13, 2012.

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